today's vintage children's book is another one of mine, reclaimed from a library and loved within an inch of its life. up until recently it was hanging together by threads: now its completely fallen apart (which i admit made it easier to scan.) i think i might have to put on my book doctor hat this afternoon and get to work with some tape to preserve it for just another 20+ years. if cats have nine lives, books must have about 15 in some homes. i have a lot of inherited cookbooks that are possibly up to their 18th life!
pirouettes is a book of nonsense poems, adapted from the original text by raymond lichette, illustrated by colette de gaillarbois. published by chambers in 1974. please click the images below to see a larger version - its really worth it!
the whalejohn is a purple young whaleand a friend of the small golden fisheach evening he reads the a fairy talewhile they eat onions out of a dish
the brave owlarthur owl is never afriadhe's the bravest birdthat ever was madehe wears plastic beadswith a watch on a chainand his toes always tingle if there's going to be rain
the angry dragonunder the stove where it is hotlives a stripey dragon.his nose is in a funny knothis whiskers are undone.prickly peacock wingsseem to stick straight out,when great aunt jasmine said hellohe answered me with a shout.she said 'my goodness me!'and 'dragons are such a bore!'the dragon said nothingbut he gave an awful roar.
penguinsthe penguins at the south polelike to listen to rock and roll.every night they meet their friendsand dance until the music ends.sometimes they start to feel the heatand then there comes a special treat.cooler than jumping into a streama cone of pinkfish-flavoured ice-cream.
grunge the liongrunge is the smallest lionyou've ever seen,his hair is yellowand his eyes are green.with a pussycat smileand curls in his hair,he sometimes yawns fiercelyand gives you a scare.
the hedgehogthe gardener is angrythe gardener is cross,for a hedgehog steals his flowersand puts them in his sauce.roses and violetsdelphiniums as well,when the hedgehog is cookingthere's a beautiful flowery smell.the hedgehog is happyeating lilac-pansy roast,and every night for supperthere's rose petals on toast.